The Chaplet of Divine Mercy is a Christian devotion started by a Polish Catholic nun who experienced visions of Christ. Pray it every morning to trust in God's mercy throughout the day!
Mercy is the very essence of love. Though we as human beings have the power to harm others, we also have the power and the choice to be compassionate towards them - simply by not ignoring them and hearing them out. That is mercy, and by opening yourself up truly, you love.
The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy commenced last 8 December 2015. To partake in this celebration, TDY brings you a week on mercy, beginning today with Pope Francis's jubilee prayer.
Fr. James J. Martin, S.J.'s book, The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, is a great read for anyone across all walks of life - not just Roman Catholics or Christians - wishing to explore spirituality more deeply. The truths taught by the Jesuit founder, St. Ignatius of Loyola, are universal, timeless, practical, and flexible: a recipe for reaching out to the entire world.
I firmly believe that all religions are simply different cultures' ways to commune with the One God. But more importantly, I also believe that these different systems should not serve as barriers, but rather as opportunities for dialogue, mutual support, cooperation, and moving forward together in the name of higher purpose.
Reflection is crucial for the purposeful liver - or for anyone, for that matter. It allows us to think deeply, to truly think beneath the surface and beyond ourselves, and to keep ourselves in check vis-à-vis our purposes - an extremely important thing to do especially in today’s hyper-paced world. And for Christians, it allows us to talk and commune with our God.
It's always important to keep ourselves in check in whatever we do, vis-à-vis our purposes, and the check of checks comes in a grand package including a vibrant relationship with your God. This week's Word is "spirituality".
The most important preparation for a calamity is none other than... prayer.
2014 was the year that defined me, for it shaped my beliefs, and it did so for good. Much of it is rooted in my experiences in the Benita & Catalino Yap Foundation (BCYF), and here I present my reflections from them as an excerpt from the forthcoming book 'Conversations with the Chairman'.
What is the use of arguing over something like sola fides when so many people out there need the help of humble and loving Christians who have the capabilities to grant said help whichever way they can? None. There is no point in debating about the letter of the law when the spirit of the law is clearly being taken for granted.
Would you choose to race, or to accept a call? And would the race be worth it, or not? I do know the call is worth it. I invite you to reflect on answering your vocation as opposed to being engaged in careerism.
What is the Gospel According to You? Only you can say, for it is YOUR story of love and peace shaped uniquely through YOUR lens. You are you, and there never was, is, and will be anyone like you.
The Secret is actually very Christian - and the author and her collaborators even say so themselves. Positive thinking and the attitude of gratitude are actually traits we are called to embody as true Christians, through living a life of love and service to God and to others as our way of expressing thanks for all God has done for us. We indeed have the freedom to think our ideal lives into existence - but also the duty to keep it rooted in God and His purposes.
"Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world." -James 1:27, NRSV-CE
"Blessed is he who considers the poor! The LORD delivers him in the day of trouble; the LORD protects him and keeps him alive; he is called blessed in the land; you do not give him up to the will of his enemies. The LORD sustains him on his sickbed; in his illness you heal all his infirmities." (Ps. 41:1-3, RSV-2CE)
The Purpose Driven Life is a master in showing us the eternal truths God has laid out for us. Through a 40-day spiritual journey, it teaches us five Purposes that we are to always keep in mind while holding on to our God-given individuality. I invite you to embark on the same journey!
"Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. For with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get." (Mt. 7:1-2, NRSV)
Christ gave us new life in rising from the dead, triumphing over sin so that we can hope in eternal life. It is our duty and calling, therefore, to make the most of this opportunity for His greater glory.
Today, as we remember the ultimate sacrifice Jesus made for us, we are reminded to mimic His example of loving - the greatest love of laying down one's life for his friends.
This Maundy Thursday, we remember how Christ, the King of Kings, humbled Himself to wash His apostles' feet. This is the true meaning of leadership - a servant first and foremost, and a leader next.
Today is Holy or Spy Wednesday, commemorating Judas Iscariot's betrayal of Jesus but, more importantly, the actions of the woman with the expensive perfume. She knew her priorities and acted on them; I invite you to do the same.
This Holy Week, we are reminded of the ultimate gift of God for us, represented by this word, so that we may enjoy eternal life with Him. This week's Word is "grace".
"Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation, humble, and mounted on a donkey, even on a colt, the foal of a donkey." (Zechariah 9:9, NASB)
I invite you to contemplate on choosing the better option over the good option in everything you do. Knowing that one can live better should be reason enough to reflect on this. Furthermore, God left no stone unturned in sending His only Son to die for our sins so that we may be saved; in return, we, too, owe it to Him to consider Better Over Good.
To weep is to show true compassion, to sympathize with the plight of the less fortunate, to devote ourselves not just financially but also emotionally and whole-heartedly. To act on this is to show true mercy. This is the central message behind the theme of the 2015 State and Pastoral Visit to the Philippines of His Holiness Pope Francis, "Mercy and Compassion", and perhaps his entire papacy itself.